§ 29. Mr. HACKETT
asked the Home Secretary whether the cases of James Hefferman, New Birmingham, Thurles, and Michael Morris, New Birmingham, Thurles, have been investigated by the Advisory Committee; whether these men were arrested ten days after the surrender in Dublin for an offence of a non-political character and not in connection 1211 with the rebellion; and whether, as they have been three months interned, he will now order their immediate release?
James Hefferman and Matthew Morris, of Thurles (not Michael Morris, of whom I have no record), were released on the 2nd August, on the recommendation of the Advisory Committee. I am informed that both these men were arrested on the 11th May for offences in connection with the rebellion.
§ 30. Mr. HACKETT
asked the Home Secretary whether the case of Willie Ryan, Turraheen, Rosmore, county Tipperary, who was arrested at North Strand Street, Dublin, on the premises of his employer where he had been employed for three months previous, has been investigated by the Advisory Committee; and will he order the release of this young boy?
Willie Ryan, of Rosmore, county Tipperary, was released on the 22nd July, on the recommendation of the Advisory Committee.
§ 31. Mr. HACKETT
asked the Home Secretary whether the cases of Edward O'Dwyer, Ballagh, county Tipperary; John Sheehan, Dundrum, county Tipperary; Patrick Gautly, Roscrea, county Tipperary, have been investigated by the Advisory Committee; whether he is aware that these men had no connection with the recent rebellion, further than that they were members of the Irish Volunteers, which was a legal body previous to the rebellion on Easter Monday; and whether, as there was no outbreak of rebellion and only four persons in all in Mid Tipperary arrested for their connection with the Irish Volunteers, he will order the immediate release of these three men?
The cases of Edward O'Dwyer, Patrick Gautly, and Michael Sheehan, of Dundrum (not John Sheehan, of whom I have no record), have been considered by the Advisory Committee, with the result that they recommended the release of Sheehan and Gautly. These two persons have been released. The Committee recommended that O'Dwyer should be retained in internment.